Man shot trying to stop robbery outside East Atlanta restaurant, police say

A man was shot outside an East Atlanta Village restaurant early Tuesday when he tried to help his friend being robbed at gunpoint.

The friend was ambushed by three men as she was getting into her car outside the Flatiron Bar and Restaurant on the corner of Flat Shoals Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, she told Atlanta police. She had just said goodbye to her friends, a man and his girlfriend, who continued to their own car not far away.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, ran over when he heard the woman scream for help, according to a police report obtained by AJC.com. He reached for his own gun to protect her, “but was shot in the right leg before he was able to get a shot off.”

Officers responded just after midnight and spoke with the man before he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. He is now recovering at home.

“He stated that he immediately fell to the (g)round and was not able to get a good description of the suspects or what vehicle they left in,” police said in the report.

The woman, who also asked not to be identified, told officers she saw the men get out of a black sedan parked a few cars ahead of hers. They put guns in her face and snatched her purse and cellphone, she said. 

Investigators were able to collect some shell casings from the scene and were hoping to access surveillance footage from nearby businesses, according to the report.

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